Bubbling Ponds is a large area owned and managed by Arizona Game and Fish Department. Recently Northern Arizona Audubon Society has formed a partnership with AZ G&F and has developed the site as a dedicated wildlife education area. To that end, NAAS has developed a trail system, observation decks, interpretive signage, an outdoor educational venue and a Ramada for group use. Today the site is a wonderful wildlife viewing and education facility. The birding, especially during migration, is outstanding and features the Common Black Hawk which nests on the site. An avid birder can easily spend a half day here. The entire site can be hiked in an hour.
This site is also part of the Lower Oak Creek Important Bird Area (IBA) and has obtained national recognition within that program. As such, it is entitled to special protection considerations.
A particular marshy pond, which will is signed, supports a small population of the Northern Mexican Garter Snake which is officially declared "Threatened" under the US Fish & Wildlife Endangered Species Act. There are very few such sites in the entire Verde Valley.